Alive, Alive Oh! And Other Things That Matter


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The new collection of essays by acclaimed editor and author Diana Athill, which is being published to mark the author's 98th birthday later on this month.

Written from the vantage point of her great age, Athill's writing is honest and thought-provoking. In this second essay, "Alive Alive Oh!", she describes with total candour her miscarriage in 1960, aged 43, when she nearly lost her life.

Diana Athill's books include Stet: An Editor's Life (2000) and Yesterday Morning (2002). For fifty years she was the editorial director of André Deutsch, where she worked with such authors as Jean Rhys, Gitta Sereny and V. S. Naipaul. Her Costa Award-winning memoir, Somewhere Towards the End, was published in January 2008.

Photo credit: Mark Crick

Written by Diana Athill

Read by Stephanie Cole

Abridged by Claire Simpson

Produced by Kirsteen Cameron.

Diana describes the miscarriage that almost killed her, aged 43, in the early 1960s.